Haut de la Garenne – Latest developments

Latest developments

I thought that I would comment on the latest developments in the Haut de la Garenne case given the recent publicity concerning the forensic investigation.

In some sections of the media doubt was being cast over the significance of the human remains that had been found, or not as was being suggested. I think it important that it is remembered that the home had been up running for over a century and would have had through its doors over the years hundreds of children. Like any institution of its ilk it will have its fair share of secrets both good and bad, and they are now being unearthed in every sense.

From the enquiries I have made, so far, it seems abundantly clear to me that secrecy was endemic at Haut de la Garenne, which would provide a cloak to mask any wrongdoing. We also know from other children home cases that such institutions provide unfortunately ideal conditions for those ill-disposed towards children.

I have now interviewed a number of witnesses in Australia as well as closer to home and they have provided supportive evidence in respect of the allegations of abuse that have been made in respect of Haut de la Garenne.

Alan Collins

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